Interview With Kendra L. Saunders, Writer, Fashionista, And All-Around Awesome Person @kendrybird @bellatrix_press #WriterWednesday #interview #fashion #author #amwriting

Happy Wednesday, readers!

It’s no secret that I get by with a little help (okay, a lot) from my friends, and one of my besties is Kendra L. Saunders. She writes, she’s a fashion blogger, and she makes a mean latte. In fact, she’s so awesome that I made her a character in my contemporary romance, Changing Scenes. Read on, and find out why her fans adore her so.

JAP: Let’s start with fashion! You’re a fashion blogger, have attended NY Fashion Week, and you’ve got a unique and very photogenic personal style. Have you always been interested in fashion?

KS: I’ve been into accessories for as long as I can remember! As a kid, I was already trying to make weird and exciting jewelry, usually by taking things apart that I shouldn’t have been touching! As I got older, my love for fashion expanded to clothes, and at 17 years old, I got my first subscription to InStyle magazine. There was truly no going back then. I’d also like to credit much of my love of fashion to my best childhood friend, Sarah, who was in love with the luxe life from a very young age. She taught me so much about fashion, makeup, and everything, really.

JAP: In Changing Scenes, you’re an up and coming designer who’s not afraid to take risks. Tell us about a risky move you made that paid off.

KS: One of the riskiest moves I’ve made actually relates to fashion! Years ago, I reached out to a fashion designer and asked him if I could interview him. I had almost no credits to my name in the world of interviewing, at the time, and was running entirely on confidence. It worked! He said yes, and I began interviewing people from all aspects of the fashion world. That led to attending New York Fashion Week, and I hope will eventually lead to Paris and London Fashion Week as well!

The infamous photograph

JAP: Rumor has it that Viktor Arson, the male lead in The Unlove Spell, is loosely based on a fashion designer. Any truth to that?

KS: He is! Dmitry Sholokhov is a fashion designer from Belarus who has appeared on and won two seasons of Project Runway. He’s also probably a magical being. In late 2012, I wrote The Unlove Spell, and a lot of Viktor’s character sprang from a certain photograph of Dmitry and his Project Runway model! I still love how evocative that picture is. He has one of the oldest printed copies of The Unlove Spell that exists, many edits ago. I can’t wait to get him the edited, shiny, pretty copy!

61jk-nrgnjl-_sy346_JAP: Engaged to an Alien Pop Star, the sequel to your wildly successful Dating an Alien Pop Star, releases soon. Tell us about it!

KS: I’m so excited about it! Engaged to an Alien Pop Star is sexier, funnier, and even more wacky than Dating. Griffin makes an album for his fans, a romantic proposal takes place, and the gang has to face off with some giant alien bugs. What’s not to love? I can’t wait to hear what fans of the first book think of this one!

JAP: Finally, do you have any advice for those looking to get more involved in fashion or writing?

KS: For style bloggers, your presence in the world of style is your business card, as it were. Make sure you’re dressed how you want others to perceive you, whether it means wearing vintage, lots of accessories, minimalist pieces, designer pieces, or cheap clothes that you’ve spun into your own new piece. People will come to expect certain things from you, and come back to see what other styles you’ve created from your signature palette of ideas, colors, or vibes. All of those things make up your “brand”, and you want your brand to be as consistent as possible.
For instance, I’m over the top in fashion, but also very feminine, and love outrageous accessories and makeup. My personal “brand” is one of luxurious eccentricity… but that doesn’t usually reflect how much I actually spend on my wardrobe! It’s almost always possible to find pieces that fit your vibe but are a fraction of the price of designer, without giving yourself away. I’ve made it a goal to share amazing style for fashionistas on a budget, which is also inclusive of average and plus sized gals (and guys!)
I admit, I don’t actually take many full body pictures of my outfits, because my accessories and makeup are usually the focus of my fashion-y posts, but having a good quality camera is, of course, very important. Document as much of what you wear as you can, and share it liberally. Make sure to credit the creators of your accessories and the brands of makeup you’re wearing. Brands love getting shout-outs on social media and blogs, and will often share your posts with their followers if they like them.
As for writing about fashion, I suggest you read as much as you can about fashion, go to fashionable events, keep an eye on sartorial trends happening in your local area, and start your own trends that you can tell others about. If you’re hoping to interview people in fashion, do what I did! Be brave and confident, and ask if you can interview someone! You never know who will say yes! Just make sure you have some questions ready to go in case you get a yes. You don’t want to be unprepared, and look unprofessional.
Like I said, Kendra’s awesome! Have any questions for her about writing, blogging, or meeting sexy rockstars? Leave ’em in the comments!

kendrybirdAbout the Author

Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people,and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can’t learn karate (or ballroom dancing). She’s the author of the Alien Pop Star series, magic realism novel Inanimate Objects, the dark comedy Death and Mr. Right, and the poetry collection Geminis and Past Lives. Connect with Kendra online at


And read about her fashion designer alter-ego in Changing Scenes:

Bellatrix Press Halloween Blog Hop @Bellatrix_Press #Halloween #witches #amwriting


 Magic comes in all shapes and sizes, and so do the people who use it. To celebrate Halloween, four authors got together to interview their magic-using characters and share the responses. And, as always happens when the four of us get together, to make some fun trouble.
That being said, the four of us have decided to break the interview pieces up so you can read them across our blogs. My Interview is with Marling Ellis from The Unlove Spell by Kendra L. Saunders.
Q: Do you remember the first time you used magic? If so, please tell us about it.
Please don’t tell anyone this, especially not my magic tutor Kyran, or anyone at the New York Witch School, but I have never used magic in the traditional sense. Or, well… I don’t think I have. However, I have always had this crazy ability to know if something is going to go on sale soon. The first time it happened to me, I was about 8 years old, and I told my mom not to buy a pair of sparkly pink boots, because they would be on sale the next day. Sure enough? They were. I can also guess a man’s income just by looking at his watch. That has to be a sign of magic too, right?
Q: What is something you wish you could do with magic but haven’t been able to yet?
Make Chris Hemsworth fall in love with me.
Q: What is something you wish you had never done with magic?
I wish I had never accidentally put the unlove spell on myself. It’s a complete bummer to miss out on chances with hot guys, especially ones you meet while on a work trip to Cancun.
Q: Do real witches have broomsticks and/or black cats?
I can’t really have cats, thanks to being crazy allergic to cats. I also don’t really like broomsticks, thanks to being crazy allergic to housecleaning. However, if an actual flying broomstick ever comes onto the market, you’d better bet I’ll own one. It would cut out so much traffic.
Q: If you lost your magical abilities tomorrow, what would you pursue instead?
That would mean the unlove spell was broken, so I’d probably go back to Cancun. And make sure I used those apps that keep you from paying too much for online shopping.
Magic has certain rules. You can’t really make someone fall in love with you, but you can make damn sure they don’t fall in love with anyone else. That is, if you’re any good with magic in the first place.

Marling Ellis is a young witch who accidentally places a spell on herself to prevent her heart from ever belonging to anyone but Viktor Arson, the sexy, aristocratic Russian writer she shared a passionate, but brief, fling with. Marling’s spent the five years since their fling alone, occupying her personal time with the internet and hot chocolate. Viktor, a fae prince, has gone on to become a world-famous writer. Most importantly, he can also still make a killer good cup of coffee, and wear the hell out of leather pants. Vital skills in any relationship.
Now, Marling finds herself caught up in a plot by Kyran, one of her former magic teachers. She ends up in Russia, hunting Viktor down and trying to figure out if she really loves him… or if her feelings are just a product of the unlove spell.
Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can’t learn karate (or ballroom dancing). She’s the author of the Alien Pop Star series, magic realism novel Inanimate Objects, the dark comedy Death and Mr. Right, and the poetry collection Geminis and Past Lives.
Below are all the blogs participating in the hop. Go check ’em out and tell me what you think about the witchy women of of Bellatrix Press.
Jennifer Allis Provost (wait, you’re already here!)
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EMERGING by Thomas S. Flowers (With a bonus Guest Post!) | @machinemeannow Publisher: Limitless Publishing | @limitlessbooks Subdue Series, Book #2

EMERGING by Thomas S. Flowers

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Subdue Series, Book #2

Release Date: Dec. 15, 2015

= = SYNOPSIS = = 

Traumatized by war, friends gather for a reluctant reunion…

A historic house in Jotham, Texas harbors a malevolent force, and as her fear grows, widow Maggie Smith pleads with three lifelong friends to gather in her home. But will their presence combat the darkness…or feed it?

Minister Jake Williams fears Maggie has had a breakdown…

Feeling he has no choice, Jake locates the other intended guest, Bobby Weeks, who agrees to go with him but struggles with keeping his lycanthropic curse hidden.

Jonathan Steele, a wounded veteran battling PTSD, arrives with his disgruntled wife. After drinking too much at dinner, Jonathan insults the homeless Bobby, and Bobby is missing from the house the next morning.

The dark past of Maggie’s home awakens in the present…

Jake, whose faith is in doubt, confides in a local priest while he and Jonathan search for Bobby, and Ricky’s ghost makes another visit to Jonathan, causing him to become fixated on saving Maggie from the evil that surrounds her.

As the danger intensifies, trust is elusive, and betrayal is certain…

Maggie might be lost, Bobby confronts a terrible choice, and Jake and Jonathan fight to save them all—before they become more victims of the horror emerging beneath the deadly house in Jotham.


= = PURCHASE = = 


Check out book 1 in the Subdue Series, DWELLING:


And now, the guest post!

What the Heck is Emerging?

By: Thomas S. Flowers

With the recent release of the Subdue Series, I thought it would be a nifty idea to talk a little bit about

what the book is really about. Nearly a year ago, I dreamed up this magnum opus of sorts for what I

deemed to be a telling of my “war experience.” But not just my experience, but also my understanding

of war and what war can do to people, how war changes people as traumatic experiences typically do.

Please understand, this is not a topic I talk lightly about. It has taken years for me to build up the

strength and will power to do so. What I’ll discuss here is my run-a-bout publishing journey, per say, and

why I wrote such a difficult book. It started when I finished writing my story. In the end, I had a massive

150,000 or so manuscript. Initially, I wanted to keep the series together as one book. I had shopped the

book around to several publishers. Without turning this into some long publishing story, suffice to say I

had stumbled upon Limitless Publishing, LLC, through a writer resource page. I heard back from LP about

a month after submitting my book. And…well, not to brag or anything; they loved the story. The only

problem was that it was too long. Most publishing houses, if not all, try to keep books to a 100K

maximum. This has nothing really to do with the author in so much as it has to do with

marketing/publication costs. If you’re a big time writer, like Stephen King, you can write whatever or

however long you want and folks will line up at Barnes & Noble to buy. Sounds fantastic, right? For me,

to keep the costs low, I had to go smaller. Instead of deleting parts in the book, I agreed to turn Subdue

into a series, thus Dwelling (book 1) and Emerging (book 2) were born. As luck would have it, Subdue

had a natural split in the middle of the story. Book 1 (Dwelling) became a character focused book, where

I spent most of my time letting my readers get to know the characters and their wounds and motivation,

if any. And because there are four central protagonists, I pretty much needed to take up an entire book

just to talk about them! So, if Dwelling is a character focused story, what’s Emerging about?

Great question!

Emerging is a situational focused story. With Dwelling you were able to get to know the cast; with

Emerging you’ll get to see what happens to them. Characterization is still key. With anything I write, I

focus on characters. I believe, as I was brought up reading the likes of King and Barker and Bradbury and

Tolkien, if you can create believable characters and make people care about them, the hard work is

already accomplished and you’re free to create one hell of a book. Even if what happens is totally

implausible, so long as the characters are human being, as in real humanity motivation type stuff,

everything else is for the most part fair game. The Subdue Series is fictional, paranormal, perhaps maybe

even a little horrific, or dear me, do I even suggest…literary? I’d like to think so. But I’ll let the readers be

the judge of my work! Because book 2 is situationally driven, the pace I think is faster. The book is

longer, but I doubt it feels that way. Or at least not in my own head.

As Dwelling ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, Emerging picks up a few months after the events at the end

in book 1. Without spoiling anything, I can say that a majority of the focus is with the house in Jotham

and the characters interaction with the house that drive the plot in this second Subdue book. I’ve

received some positive comments regarding some of the “flashback” characters. Don’t worry, Augustus

and the Fetcher family do make a minor appearance in the continuation. Questions about the house are

answered, to a degree. Some mysteries are better left unsaid. You might also catch a Lovecraftian vibe

in book 2. As with situation, I delved a bit more in mythology and dread. For those readers who’ve read

Dwelling and have commented on how much you have come to love those characters, I cannot promise

not to break your heart. As with life and war, some damages are unchangeable. In keeping things real,

heroes do not always necessarily save the day, as it were. Certain themes return in book 2, mostly about

suicide, and I hope as you read you find some of those motivations or justifications. There is also a more

developed theme (hopefully) about the American Dream. I’ll say nothing more on the subject.

You may be asking, “Why write about this stuff if it is emotionally difficult?” or “Shouldn’t some things

be left unsaid?”

Another great question!

Yes. Emerging was hard to write. Both books were. But aren’t the best stories worth sharing difficult to

write? Consider H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, “The Outsider,” as a superb self-examination of personal

fears and anxieties of how the “outside” world sees us. Or consider up and coming author Duncan

Ralston’s debut novel, “Salvage,” a classic ghost story that doubles as an examination of depression and

overcoming fears of not only our place in society, but of our past. Or even Clive Barker’s excellent

novella, “Cabal,” where he used mythos to talk about his fears of how society views and is too often

prejudice against homosexuality, seeing them as some monstrous thing. I’m not saying mine is as good

as these, but I think it fits within the same category, because these are things we ought to be talking

about, the woes and bitterness of society needs to stretch loose the rust and engage in meaningful

discourse. Above all, we are (as those mystics like to say) not islands. It matters not what you believe, be

it God or science or Kabala or whatever, our species was made for community. If we’re going to live

together, we got to learn how to talk with each other, and what better way to do that then through


Thomas S. Flowers is the published author of several character driven stories of fright. He resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife and daughter. His first novel, Reinheit, was published by Forsaken. He also has a short story, “Lanmò,” in The Sinister Horror Company’s

horror anthology The Black Room Manuscripts. In 2008, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served for seven years, with three tours serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2014, Thomas graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a BA

in History. He blogs at machinemean[dot]org, where he does author interviews and reviews on a wide range of strange yet oddly related topics. |

Author Interview: #OnTour with @HeaBookToursPR @HaleyDespard | #HBTPRM

★ ★ ★ #BlogTour + #GIVEAWAY ★ ★ ★


by Haley Despard
Series: DORK #1
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Madison Daley’s father has concealed the truth from her for seventeen years…

Raised on a Kentucky farm, Madison is stunned when a conversational slip reveals her father Michael is a famous ’90s rock star known as the Grim Weeper. Michael left the spotlight and his mansion behind when Madison was dropped off on his doorstep by a woman in a black mask. A dark past is revealed, and the only thing Madison isn’t allowed to know is her mother’s name.


The answers Madison needs can only be found in Beverly Hills…


Though she does hope to persuade her dad to return to the stage, Madison’s real mission is to discover the identity of her mother.


But she is slightly distracted—literally—by the boy next door. Giovanni Abate’s father is an action film star, his stepdad is a major designer, and Gio has his own claim to fame. Madison catches the handsome, young Italian actor’s eye, and their mutual attraction makes for a hotter summer than she ever could have imagined.


Madison hasn’t set foot in California since infancy, but a lot of people are certain she has…


After Madison has a makeover, people are sure they’ve seen her somewhere before, and she is extremely curious about the identity of her supposed doppelganger. As she looks into this strange situation, she’s unaware that Gio is hiding a potentially devastating secret.


Could finding the answers she seeks change Madison’s life forever?

Or will it just lead to more questions to fill the…

Diary of a Rocker’s Kid.


★ ★ ★ #ONECLICK ★ ★ ★





June 2, 2015

Mission L.A. Complete

We’re here…and it’s the best feeling in the world.

As soon as I walked in those double doors, I immediately felt at home. That has never happened to me before. The farmhouse felt like home because it was all I had, but this place has Dad, Cass, and me written all over it. It’s a rocker’s mansion for sure, and Dad already told me some stories about the wild parties they used to have in here. I enjoyed hearing about how completely off the walls Cass and he were. It makes me think maybe he’ll forgive me for the shit I plan to do once I’m legal…or not so legal.

He’s loosening up a lot now that we’re in L.A. He’s even treating me like an equal in a lot of ways. I guess he’s finally realizing I’m close to becoming an adult. Also, he said he plans to go out with Cass a lot while we’re here. Score for me! The less parental supervision, the better.

I’m not sure how to feel about meeting Stephan Lowe’s family tomorrow. According to Ana, Steph’s partner is Alfonzo Abate, a major action film star. He’s easily an A-list actor, and I’ve watched and obsessed over all his movies. His teenage son Giovanni is an actor, too. He was a supporting actor on one of my favorite tween-teen shows, Jackson and Julia, until it got cancelled last year. He is constantly in the news, and girls everywhere obsess over him. My palms sweat and my throat dries up just thinking about him. I mean, this guy is swoon-worthy, and I’m about to meet him tomorrow. That has me terrified. What am I going to say to two actors I’ve worshipped for the past few years of my life? Especially one my age?

I can see it now—

“Hi, I’m Mads. You’re gorgeous. I want to marry you. I know I’m the Basket Baby, but maybe we can look past that. I’m even willing to start over on a deserted island together and forget either of us has a name. We can just sit on the beach day and night in nothing but our birthday suits and let the world fade away for the rest of our lives. Sound good? Great. I’m on my way to the courthouse to get emancipated right now.”

I’m dying laughing over here. That’s so unrealistic it’s almost not funny.


Anyway, now that I know who I’m meeting, I’m considering letting Ana give me a full-scale makeover tomorrow. She’s been wanting to do that for years, and now we’ve finally got the perfect opportunity. Plus, it’s kind of necessary. I’m looking at the ends of my hair, and…yep, I’ve got split ends. They’re all over the place. Definitely getting a haircut, and I might color it, too, even though that’s wayyy outside my comfort zone.

Here goes nothing. Hopefully I won’t come back bald. That’s my secret fear when entering a salon.




★Diary of a Rocker’s Kid #1 Playlist★

Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin

American Idiot – Green Day

Whisper – Evanescence

Fire and Ice – Within Temptation

Victim – Avenged Sevenfold

Unholy Confessions – Avenged Sevenfold

Meant to Live – Switchfoot

Extraordinary Girl – Green Day

Let’s Get Rocked – Def Leppard

Beverly Hills – Weezer

The Best Damn Thing – Avril Lavigne

Madness – Muse

I Love Rock N’ Roll – Joan Jett

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rockstar – Nickelback

Riot – Three Days Grace

Complicated – Avril Lavigne

Titanium – Madilyn Bailey

Oceans – Evanescence

You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid – The Offspring

Famous – Puddle of Mudd

Lost in Paradise – Evanescence

Afterlife – Avenged Sevenfold

Welcome to the Family – Avenged Sevenfold



a4b4a-author-pic-haley-despardHaley Despard was born and raised in small, yet ever-expanding Simpsonville, South Carolina. She discovered a love of writing at age fourteen and hasn’t been able to turn off the motor fingers since then. Today she lives just a stone’s throw over in the country side of Greer, SC with her husband, son, and Boston Terrier. Her loves include cats (even though she’s allergic because the universe hates her), reading, composing music, blogging, amateur photography, fro-yo, mall shopping trips, and anything that begins with, ends with, or includes the words “milk chocolate.” She also enjoys gaming with her husband on occasion and driving through the countryside with music on full blast.


Haley’s books will include a combination of feminism, romance, diversity, family values, complicated storylines, and maybe even a scheming heroine or two. She loves to defy conventions and standards and continually thinks outside the box. If you want to read something fresh and original, pick up a Haley Despard novel. A book should be able to make you gasp, sob, laugh hysterically, and want to hug the main character all at the same time.

Haley is very interactive on Facebook and Twitter so don’t hesitate to contact her at one of the links below, or you can email her at








★★ !! ★★ GIVEAWAY ★★ !! ★★

3 ecopies of Diary Of A Rocker’s Kid up for grabs!

And here’s my interview with Haley Despard!

1. How did this book come about? Are you a rocker’s kid?
I am definitely not a rocker’s kid. I am the daughter of a postal worker and a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. The “rocker” bit came to me after meeting my husband, who was almost in a signed metal band at one point in his life. I tried to write the book as a band novel at first, and then this story just kind of evolved and went on a tangent all its own.
2. What kind of research did you need to do for DORK?
97ced-dork2bfront2bcoverI did a lot of studying online about Los Angeles and the Beverly Hills scene. There’s still a lot more I need to learn about it. I also paid attention to celebrity news, which gave me a lot of inspiration. I even needed to look up a few things about horses since part of the story takes place in Kentucky.
3. You’re a mother, and in college. When do you find time to write?
It’s not easy! Basically I carve out time whenever I can. After my son goes to bed is my normal time, but lately I’ve been dropping off to sleep while writing, so I’m working on a better approach.
4. What’s been your favorite author moment so far?
My favorite author moment was when a teenager fell in love with my book and begged for more. It’s one thing when an adult loves your book, but when a teen does, it really warms your heart.
5. What’s next for your characters?

This answer is going to be difficult to give without spoilers, but let’s just say there’s going to be a ton of high school drama. Backstabbing, secrets, off and on relationships, bad performances, heartbreak, love…everything people have come to love in high school books and more. Also, stay on the lookout for a possible return of the Grim Weeper 😉


Thanks for stopping by, Haley!